Major housing developments are well under way at Uckfield as the face of the town continues to change. And at Buxted construction of more new homes has begun and a large estate at Five Ash Down well on the way to completion.
More and more new homes are being built to the south of Uckfield.
Fernley Park (below), along Eastbourne Road, is well established, although construction continues. This site was originally known as Cysleys Farm and in 2006 permission given for 220 homes.
Nearby Eversfield, off Lewes Road, is rapidly taking shape. Permission was given for 60 homes (pictured below).
In the future, land beyond the Victoria Ground towards the by-pass has been earmarked for 1,000 homes, although this project is still at an embryonic stage.
Six new homes are being built on the site of a bungalow at the end of Woodlands Close on the Manor Park Estate, Uckfield. Clearwater Land and New Homes said in its planning application to Wealden Council: “By developing the site in the manner proposed we will create a more harmonious development which sits comfortably within its surrounding.”
The bungalow at 26 Woodlands Close has been demolished and six new houses in two terraces are under construction (pictured below).
At Buxted, two major building projects have just started. Land west of Church Road, behind the Buxted Inn, is to be developed for more than 60 homes by Taylor Wimpey.
In her 2011 annual report, Alison Crowe of Chairman Buxted Parish Council, said: “We are in dialogue over street names which hopefully will reflect the heritage of the site as being adjacent to one of the first, large scale iron-working sites in England.
“Naturally we hope also that the build of the site will run smoothly with few neighbourly issues. It is estimated to last two years.
“The entrance road will be built early in the scheme – which will mean disruption on the A272 where a new roundabout will be constructed. We are advised this will take six to eight weeks.
“While not everyone by any means thinks the roundabout is a good idea – it is what we have to accept – although we will continue dialogue on the degree of lighting at this prominent site. Some junction control will be necessary not just for cars but importantly too for pedestrians. That is clear.” A photograph from the A272 is below.
Initial work on the new health centre has also started. It is opposite to Taylor Wimpey development on the junction of Framfield Road and the A272.
It will be much bigger than the current surgery, nearly opposite in April Cottage. Work should be completed by the end of the year. Demolition of a derelict building has taken place.
Last year, when the go-ahead for the health centre was given Clarissa Fabre, Senior Partner at Buxted Surgery, said: “We are delighted that the new building has got the go ahead. The new facilities will mean that we are able to provide a greater range of high quality services to the people of Buxted and Uckfield.” The site is pictured below.
Five Ash Down
The former Grampian factory facing the A26 at Five Ash Down is being transformed into a housing estate. It is now known as Ashdown Place (below). Permission for 140 homes was given by Wealden District Council. A 55-bed care home and 15 close care apartments are due to be built on the northern part of the site.